Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Puppy Mill Action Week

May 4- 10th is Puppy Mill Action Week. 

What can you do to help put an end to an industry that is based on profiting off of the suffering of animals? 

At Royal City Animal Hospital in Guelph, Ontario - we always recommend you keep away from any pet store that sells puppies. When looking for a new pet, the first place you should go is to the local humane society or shelter.

You can take a simple stand to not support any business that puts money in the pocket of people who run puppy mills. The key contributors are pet stores that sell puppies (and kittens).
Every time you buy a pet supply, leash, toys, or treats from a pet store that sells puppies and kittens, you are contributing to the continuation of Puppy Mills. 

The life of a breeding dog in a puppy mill is not a good life. They are forced into breeding repeatedly in often terrible conditions. They are rarely cared for, poorly nourished, and given minimal to ZERO socialization. Their offspring are torn away from them at an extremely young age, and they are not properly immunized against life threatening diseases. 

Next time you visit a pet store that sells puppies and kittens - tell them you will not support this industry and will not purchase anything in their store. 

When you are looking to get a new pet for your own family check out the local humane society or shelter - they always have great pets that need loving homes as well. 

Don't be fooled to think that Pet store puppies are pure breeds. Many of these pets are not only mixed breed dogs, but they are often INBRED as well. This practice of inbreeding creates genetically complicated animals with many health concerns later in life.